A Look At the OVC – Mens Basketball
While some teams have already started conference play, here is a summary of how things stack up after the non-conference slate has been essentially completed:
LEADERS OF THE PACK
MURRAY STATE (6-1)
Perennial power, Murray State, appears to be at it again. They are 6-1, with the lone loss coming to Cal. Murray has quality non-conference wins over James Madison, FIU and won its first conference game over EKU.
EASTERN KENTUCKY (5-2)
They can play more than football in Richmond. They lost very close games to Pitt and Murray and have wins over Farleigh Dickinson, UT- San Antonio and FIU.
EASTERN ILLINOIS (4-2).
The Panthers have a win over Toledo, but were drilled by Belmont.
MIDDLE OF THE PACK
JACKSONVILLE STATE– (2-4)Not a bad start for the Gamecocks. Good wins over West Alabama and Georgia Southern. A near upset on the road against Georgia as well as competitive games with UAB and UTC. Notably, the Gamecocks have battled injuries all pre-season.
Peay was drilled by Tennessee and NC State, but had a good win against Akron.
TENNESSEE TECH (3-5)
Wins over Lipscomb and Central Arkansas, but were soundly defeated by Minnesota, Memphis and Kansas. Give them credit for playing that schedule!
They have not played many games yet, one of their two wins is against Brecia. I thought Brecia was a Caribbean Island or something you put on a cracker.
BRINGING UP THE REAR
SEMO’s only wins are against Norfolk State and Northern Illinois.
The post-Lester Hudson era is off to a rough start. Their only wins are against Rhodes and Harris-Stowe. Word is that Coach Simpson is desperately seeking to get Harris-Stowe on the Pacers football schedule.
TENNESSEE STATE (1-7)
Their best player from last season transferred to Georgia. It was a rough early season for the Tigers, but they did take EIU to 3 overtimes.